Cohen Reportedly Told House Trump Lawyer Jay Sekulow ‘Instructed’ Him to Lie
Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen apparently pointed to Jay Sekulow––a member of the president’s legal team––as having “instructed” him to make a false claim in his statement to Congress two years ago.
Cohen made the claim to the House Intelligence Committee in transcripts that, per the Washington Post, may be released as soon as later today.
Cohen claimed that he’s been instructed by Sekulow to “falsely claim in a 2017 statement to Congress that negotiations to build a Trump Tower in Moscow ended in January 2016.”
Attorneys for Sekulow responded in a statement to the Post that no one should be taking Cohen’s word:
Jane Serene Raskin and Patrick Strawbridge, attorneys for Sekulow, said in a statement that “Cohen’s alleged statements are more of the same from him and confirm the observations of prosecutors in the Southern District of New York that Cohen’s ‘instinct to blame others is strong.’”
“That this or any Committee would rely on the word of Michael Cohen for any purpose — much less to try and pierce the attorney-client privilege and discover confidential communications of four respected lawyers — defies logic, well-established law and common sense,” they added.
Adam Schiff, the chairman of the committee, told the Post that they are continuing to look into “whether anyone participated in the false testimony that Cohen gave to this committee.”
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